Crafts Center exhibitions include creative works from students, local artists and crafts guild members.

Exhibitions are on display throughout the year at the Crafts Center’s R. A. Bryan Foundation, Inc. Gallery and in the Street Gallery Windows. The windows usually display instructor examples for upcoming classes, craft guild exhibitions and works by Crafts Center artists and craftspeople.

Gallery exhibitions are supported by NCSU Foundation.

Exhibitions are open for viewing during normal Crafts Center hours as listed on our Calendar page.

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Fall 2019

In the R. A. Bryan , Inc. Gallery:

Gallery exhibitions are supported by NCSU Foundation.


conTEXT: A Calligraphic Journey

Calligraphic Works by The Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild

Exhibition: September 20  – November 7, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 20, 5:30-8:30 pm

conTEXT: A Calligraphic Journey will open on September 20th as the fall semester exhibition in The Crafts Center gallery, featuring the works of The Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild as well as The Crafts Center Director, Carol Fountain Nix.
The exhibition will feature a number of works highlighting the breadth of programs offered at The Crafts Center in a variety of media. Come learn more about the ancient art of calligraphy and see a wide range of modern applications!
The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, September 20th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at The Crafts Center gallery. The show will run through November 7th.


Subliminal Surprises Exhibition                   


Subliminal Surprises

Exhibition: June 17  – August 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Subliminal Surprises by artists Martina Noble and Amy Veatch, explores how our acts of adornment
and collection subtly reveal, reflect, and fashion the story of our lives.

Through various objects, treasures, and traces of other stories and other times, the work
delineates the meandering arc of a lifetime, and its many intersections. Exploring the topography
of time, beauty, and sublimity, it looks at what we hold as precious, ordinary, and extraordinary.
Asking, what do we see, what do we keep, what do we leave behind? And what surprises arise as we
plumb the layers of experience?

The assemblage pieces, each featuring an item of jewelry, surround the jewelry with a suite of
other objects, found or saved, creating a context which whispers, sings, or silently points up
something of the artists’ thought process.

This context shows how jewelry and other objects—such as wallpaper, each layer once chosen as a
new perspective—fill some need to adorn our lives and explain ourselves. The artists investigate
the idea that a house is decorated or adorned, and life happens all around the adornment: nesting,
birth, daily drudgery, celebrations, sadness, innovation, learning, illness, death, and the myriad
decisions of a lifetime. We adorn ourselves with jewelry and keepsakes from our past, our family,
our present day; and we adorn our houses with “jewelry” of a sort—the various decorative elements
and furnishings. We live our lives in this mix of declaration of self,
family, culture, and society—all marked with the adornment that reveals our journey.

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Fluxus Look image

FLUXUS ACTIONS: Chance, Randomness, and Uncertainty

Exhibition: November 11 – 18

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 5:00 – 7:00  pm

Fluxus is indeed the name of a way of doing things. It stretches across the arts and even across the areas between them. Fluxus is a way of viewing society and life, a way of creating social action and life activity. – Ken Friedman, The Fluxus Reader.

In The MIT Press, Fluxus is described as a chance situation or random event that has been central to many artists’ practices across a multiplicity of forms, including expressionism, automatism, the readymade, collage, surrealist and conceptual photography, Fluxus event scores, film, audio and video, performance, and participatory artworks.

Different in intention from Dadaism, Fluxus is a creative paradigm for artistic activity that offers a system of creative production in which one considers what one has created, the media one has used and the effect this creation has in the external world.

As both an investigation and mechanical process, NC State University interdisciplinary arts students, ARS414, will be exhibiting a variety of new works: performances, happenings, poetry, sound, in the spirit of the Fluxus paradigm. Join us at the Opening Reception on November 14 and enjoy an evening of chance!


Random Weave Installation

Nesting Instincts

A site-specific wall installation created within the Craft Center by artist Anne Willson and participants of the center’s Spring 2018 Random Weave workshop. Seemingly chaotic, the random weave process actually incorporates several fundamental construction techniques to meld line, textural surface and volume. Using this process and natural materials, the group constructed this unique sculptural piece that greets you as you enter the Crafts Center.